All About the Princess of Wales Parakeet
What is the Princess of Wales Parakeet?
The Princess of Wales Parakeet is a popular bird which is gentle, quiet, easy going and compatible with other birds. This breed of birds is an excellent choice to be kept in an aviary, as well as in apartments because of its quiet nature. It is a fearless breed that is also popular for its pastel colors and loyalty. The breed is also known as Alexandra’s Parrot and Princess Parrot with a scientific name of Polytelis Alexandrae. This is a small bird averaging about 40 centimeters in height and about 90 grams in weight. The Princess of Wales parakeet is very sociable and can adapt well with humans.
What are its Physical Characteristics?
This Parakeet comes in a combination of attractive pastel colors and stands out with its long tail. The most usual colors of the breed are pastel olive, green and bright yellow that usually seen on its upper wings. The wing bend, head and lower back of the breed are usually colored blue lavender. Pink is the usual color of its throat and the bird usually has an orange beak. The male bird is usually colored in brighter hues than the female bird.
How do I Feed This Particular Pet Bird?
In the wild, the bird feeds on flowers, particularly on their nectar, and on grass seeds. When domesticated, the pet usually thrives on seed diets, although this can usually cause serious health problems due to the lack of nutrition. It is recommenced by experts that the bird's seed diet be complemented with vegetables, fresh sprouts and formulated pellets in order to ensure a balanced diet. Lory nectar formulated into liquid may also be given as a healthy treat for the bird. Foods should be placed on bowls on the floor of its cage or aviary.
How Big Should Its House Be?
The size of the cage appropriate for a Princess of Wales Parakeet should be about 36 inches in width, 24 inches in depth and 36 inches in height. This should be large enough to allow the animal to roam around as well as to accommodate its long tail. The cage is usually power coated to prevent the bird from dying due to lead toxicity. Its housing also requires numerous perches of different sizes to ensure keep the bird's feet healthy, as wooden perches can cause them pressure sores. Always active, the bird enjoys playing with different toys thus experts recommend keeping at least 3 toys inside the pet’s cage.
How About its Behavior and Lifespan?
This breed of birds can last up to 30 years. It originated from the mountains of Western Australia and by nature the breed lives in the grasslands. There is not much information on the behavior of the breed in its natural environment given the fact that there are less than 5000 species left in the wild. It also does not help the fact that the remaining species do not stay in an area for a significant amount of time. For this, the Princess of Wales Parakeet belongs to the list of nearly extinct animals by various groups of environmentalists. Factors such as changes in the habitat and presence of predators have also led to the continuing decline of the breed.